Let’s just ignore the Indian talking point that its new line of accessories for the FTR 1200 “completely restyle” the bike it unveiled at Intermot last month. They don’t. Fairing would do that, or different wheel sizes, but that’s not what’s on offer here. Instead, let’s just focus on the fact that the more than 40 accessories unveiled at EICMA on Wednesday help make the bike look cooler or be more practical, depending on accessory choice.
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Let’s also hope that the aftermarket will go crazy for this thing, because I feel the FTR 1200 would look ruggedly cool with a whopping great set of aluminum panniers. I also wonder if it would be possible to attach Wunderlich Daytona fairing to the bike…
But as I say, that’s not what’s on offer at the moment. Instead, Indian have revealed a collection of accessories fitting into four different themes: Tracker, Rally, Sport and Tour. The “Tracker” theme seems the silliest to me because… ah… isn’t that what the FTR 1200 already is?
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“In its stock form, the FTR 1200 is a beautifully-designed flat track-inspired street bike,” said Reid Wilson, senior director for Indian Motorcycle. “The new accessory lineup significantly elevates the FTR 1200 platform. Riders can completely restyle the look and feel of the bike to better represent their riding style through one of our four collections or by mixing and matching parts to create something truly one-of-a-kind.”
The Tracker collection includes a shallow seat with a unique seat cowl, high-mount slip-on exhaust by Akrapovič, and side-mounted number plates. Because grown-ups need number plates on their street bikes.
The Rally collection “draws inspiration from lonely campsites traversed on forgotten forest roads,” according to Indian. In other words, the Rally collection helps you build the Scout Scrambler I was asking for back in 2015. Indian even uses the same sort of imagery that I suggested in pitching the idea. Aluminum wire wheels and a high-mount Akrapovič exhaust are the stand-out off-road-worthy items here. You can also throw down moolah for a unique seat, mudguards, tank covers, windscreen, Rally Handlebar by ProTaper, and a high-mount license plate holder.
“The configuration allows the FTR 1200 to take full advantage of the bike’s 150 mm [5.9 inches] of suspension travel,” says Indian.
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The Sport collection, meanwhile, “is a no-nonsense assembly of carbon fiber parts that scream speed.” And expense. Highlights include a low mount slip-on exhaust by Akrapovič, and a unique carbon fiber front mudguard, tank cover and seat cowl.
The Tour collection is, I have to admit, a teency bit disappointing. There is an option to mount a “a water-resistant, roll-top side messenger bag” on the left side of the bike, but no option for luggage on the right. Presumably the issue is the fact the exhaust takes up all the space on the right but any number of other manufacturers have addressed such an issue by making mounts that stick out wider. Here’s hoping the aftermarket steps up soon.
In the meantime, I’d say it’s better to get the luggage rack. Use that to hold your tent and sleeping bag, then use a Kriega system of a US30 and three US20s strapped to the seat for a solid 100 liters of storage (I used a similar set-up on the Street Bob this summer when riding to Prague). One assumes the accessory tank bag is good for at least another 10 liters of storage. I’m not sure how useful that windshield will be, but, again, one expects the aftermarket will provide. C’mon Givi! Get to work!
“When developing the FTR 1200, it was important for us to create a platform that offered dynamic, yet convenient, personalization and customization opportunities,” said Ben Lindaman, director of international product for Indian Motorcycle. “We’re extremely proud of these accessories and collections, as they drastically change the design of the bike – ultimately creating more styling options to satisfy a wide-range of rider preferences.”
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The complete accessory lineup and four collections will be available in dealers in spring 2019. For a better view of all the accessories, check out the images below (click to enlarge).
TRACKER COLLECTION IMAGES
RALLY COLLECTION IMAGES
SPORT COLLECTION IMAGES
TOUR COLLECTION IMAGES